Microsoft axed Internet Explorer four years ago, replacing it with Edge as its de facto Windows 10 browser. However Internet Explorer still survive
Microsoft axed Internet Explorer four years ago, replacing it with Edge as its de facto Windows 10 browser. However Internet Explorer still survives in older iterations of its business packages. But a Microsoft cybersecurity specialist has now made an unprecedented warning to diehard Internet Explorer fans that now really is time to switch to a new browser.
Some businesses remain surprisingly reliant on Internet Explorer for older web apps that have not received upgrades.
Internet Explorer still commands the second largest market share among web browsers – over 10 percent.
This market share is more than Opera, Safari and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer successor Edge combined.
Silicon Valley giant Microsoft has tried many methods to persuade businesses to update their older apps.
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Put simply, Internet Explorer consumers are missing-out on a lot of experiences that aren’t available on the browser.
In a post called “The perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser,” Microsoft cybersecurity specialist Chris Jackson said everyone should stop using Internet Explorer.
And Jackson even stripped the longtime browser of its status and instead referred to it as a “compatibility solution.”
“Internet Explorer is a compatibility solution,” warned Jackson, rather than a browser that businesses should be using day to day for all web browsing activity.
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“We’re not supporting new web standards for it and, while many sites work fine, developers by and large just aren’t testing for Internet Explorer these days. They’re testing on modern browsers.”
Although Jackson’s warning is apposite, many complain that the Microsoft’s Edge solution is an insufficient successor.
While Microsoft really wants to retire the legacy product once and for all, Jackson said it’s fine to use Internet Explorer for certain enterprise solutions, however even then, it should not be relied on as a main browser.
While plenty of companies have made the switch, some professions with lean IT departments, such as healthcare, still have questions about the browser.
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Microsoft unveiled its Edge browser with the Windows 10 roll-out four years ago, but it has left consumers businesses cold.
And in a further complication for IT admins, Edge is unavailable on Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Microsoft is now building a Chromium-powered version of its Edge browser that will soon be available for tests.
The latest Edge is being uncoupled from Windows 10, and businesses will be able to install Edge on Windows 7 or Windows 8.
This move will persuade businesses to upgrade from Internet Explorer, but it will most likely take far longer for legacy web apps to fully disappear.
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